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Community meeting Friday in Northway about Taixtsalda Hill Fire

The Alaska Division of Forestry will be holding a public meeting in the village of Northway on Friday at 6 p.m. in the Northway Community Hall to provide information and answer questions regarding the Taixtsalda Hill Fire (#357). The Taixtsalda Hill Fire started on Monday and had burned an estimated 12,000 acres as of Thursday […]

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Wildfire near Tok continues to grow; now estimated at 12,000 acres

Fueled by continued hot, dry and windy conditions, a wildfire burning near Tok more than doubled in size on Wednesday. The Taixtsalda Hill Fire (#357) is now estimated at 12,000 acres, an increase of more than 7,000 acres since late Tuesday night. The fire, which started on Monday, is burning about 38 miles southeast of […]

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Wildfire near Tok grows to 4,700 acres as managers reassess strategy

A wildfire southeast of Tok grew by about 4,000 acres on Tuesday, prompting fire managers with the Alaska Division of Forestry to change tactics from full suppression to point protection. The Taixtsalda Hill Fire (#357), which started on Monday, is now estimated at approximately 4,700 acres. It is burning about 38 miles southeast of Tok […]

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Wildfire near Tok now estimated at 730 acres

A wildfire southeast of Tok had grown to an estimated 730 acres as of late Monday night and firefighters will be trying to keep it in check today with another day of near-record high temperatures forecast in the eastern Interior. The Taixtsalda Hill Fire (#357) is burning approximately 38 miles southeast of Tok and 16 […]

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Wildfire southeast of Tok now estimated at 150 acres despite ongoing suppression efforts

A wildfire southeast of Tok has grown to approximately 150 acres as firefighters on the ground and in the air continue efforts to corral the fire, according to the Alaska Division of Forestry. The Taixtsalda Hill Fire (#357) was reported as a 20-acre fire at approximately 12:45 p.m. Monday. The fire is approximately 38 miles […]

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Wildfire southeast of Tok drawing swift response from state forestry

The Alaska Division of Forestry is currently responding to a wildfire southeast of Tok. The Taixtsalda Hill Fire (#357) was reported as a 20-acre fire at approximately 12:45 p.m. Monday. The fire is approximately 38 miles southeast of Tok and 16 miles southwest of the village of Northway. The smoke column is clearly visible from […]

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Five Alaska wildfire crews heading south to assist in western states

With wildfire season cooling down in Alaska and heating up in the western United States, the Alaska Division of Forestry and U.S. Forest Service are deploying a handful of initial attack crews to the Lower 48 to assist with firefighting efforts there. Five initial attack crews will board a National Interagency Coordination Center jet in […]

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High winds turn house fire into 9-acre wildfire in Delta Junction

Wildland firefighters from the Alaska Division of Forestry are mopping up a 9-acre fire in Delta Junction today after a structure fire spread into the wildlands Monday night. The state forestry office in Delta Junction was notified of a structure fire on Hanson Road at approximately 5:30 p.m. on Monday. A helicopter and engines from […]

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Warm, dry weather increases activity on Zitziana River Fire

Thursday’s near-record warm temperatures led to an increase of fire activity along the north and northwest corner of the Zitziana River Fire (#133). Late in the afternoon, isolated group torching and some limited spotting was observed along the Zitziana River. The nearby Mooseheart Fire (#204) showed limited fire activity. The two lightning-caused wildfires burning approximately […]

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State forestry still working to confine coal seam wildfire near Healy

The Alaska Division of Forestry is continuing work to confine a wildfire ignited by a coal seam fire near Healy on Tuesday. The Louise Creek Coal Seam 2018 Fire was estimated at 763 acres as of Thursday afternoon, a decrease of more than 1,000 acres from previous estimates. The decreased acreage is a result of […]

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